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MOLNIYA 1-56

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MOLNIYA 1-56 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 13890
Int'l Code: 1983-019A
Perigee: 1,821.0 km
Apogee: 38,666.7 km
Inclination: 63.3 °
Period: 720.2 minutes
Semi major axis: 26614 km
RCS: 14.4907 m2 (large)
Launch date: March 16, 1983
Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
Launch site: PLESETSK MISSILE AND SPACE COMPLEX (PKMTR)

Molniya 1/56 was a first-generation Russian communications satellite (COMSAT) orbited to test and perfect a system of radio communications and television broadcasting using earth satellites as active transponders and to experiment with the system in practical use. The basic function of the satellite was to relay television programs and long-distance two-way multichannel telephone, phototelephone, and telegraph links from Moscow to the various standard ground receiving stations in the Orbita system.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 13890U 83019A   19081.38012757 -.00000537 +00000-0 +00000-0 0  9990
2 13890 063.2890 179.3439 6922030 261.4724 222.4588 01.99947829262947
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC